Europe, the second region in the world most mourned by the pandemic, exceeded 400,000 deaths from coronavirus this Saturday, coinciding with the easing of restrictions in several countries, eager to regain part of normality for Christmas.
According to a balance made by the AFP Agency this Saturday morning from official data, Europe registered 400,649 deaths (and 17,606,370 infections) since the beginning of the pandemic, behind Latin America and the Caribbean (444,026 deaths and 12,825 .500 cases).
In the last seven days, More than 36,000 deaths were recorded in Europe, the most serious figure since the start of the pandemic, at the beginning of the year. In total, two thirds of the deaths in the region are concentrated in the United Kingdom (57,551), Italy (53,677), France (51,914), Spain (44,668) and Russia (39,068).
Despite these figures, which are worrying as a whole, the situation improves in most countries, which seem to have passed the peak of the second wave.
This saturday shops reopened in countries like France and shopping malls in Poland. All with strict sanitary rules that will limit the number of customers in stores, for example.
In the famous Galeries Lafayette in Paris, the commercial center of the capital, the doors opened at 10 in the morning and the vendors welcomed the first customers with applause.
The Irish and Belgians will have to wait until Tuesday, December 1, to return to the shops.
“Everyone’s efforts and sacrifices have worked and we have saved lives,” congratulated Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin.
Starting Sunday, the Italian government will also ease the restrictions in force in three regions: Lombardy (north), Piedmont (north-west) and Calabria (south), which go from being “red zones” or high risk, to “orange zones” or medium risk.
Long winter months
In Germany the restrictions will be in force perhaps until the spring (boreal), warned this Saturday the Minister of Economy, Peter Altmaier. “We have three or four long winter months ahead of us. Everything will depend on the arrival of vaccines, but it is possible that the restrictions will last during the first months of 2021, “he told Die Welt newspaper.
Germany, considered an example of management during the first wave, has been hit hard in the second and already accounts for more than 15,500 deaths from covid-19.
In the UK, Wales is going to tighten restrictions on pubs and restaurants before Christmas and in England, including London, the 56 million inhabitants will continue to live under severe restrictions when the second lockdown comes to an end next week.
Seeking to circumvent the restrictions imposed by the government, some British merchants use the Magna Carta, the founding text of modern democracy, as justification for remaining open, even if the police do not agree.
For example, Sinead Quinn, a hairdresser from Bradford, in the north of the country, who invoked the Magna Carta to oppose the closure of her business during confinement and has already received fines totaling 17,000 pounds (22,000 dollars).
“I am not breaking any laws. I operate my business under customary law, ”he says, in a video posted on social media.
Record of infections in Mexico
Worldwide, more than 60 million COVID-19 cases have been officially recorded since the start of the pandemic, and more than 1.4 million people have died.
On the other side of the Atlantic, Mexico registered 12,081 new cases of covid-19 on Friday, a record number, which places the total number of infections in the country at 1,090,675, according to figures from the federal Health Secretariat.
In the last 24 hours, the death of 631 people was also reported, bringing the total to 104,873 deaths.
There is “a new increase (of infections), here is an alert detected” in the last two weeks, Ricardo Cortés, general director of health promotion, said at a press conference.
In Peru, the state of health emergency due to the new coronavirus pandemic was extended for 90 days, until the beginning of March 2021, but the authorities relaxed some restrictions thanks to the slow but sustained reduction of infections and deaths.
With 33 million inhabitants, Peru registers 35,780 deaths from covid-19, the second highest death rate in the world in proportion to the population.
Throughout Latin America and the Caribbean there are already 442,196 deaths from coronavirus and more than 12.7 million infections, according to official figures.
In the United States, the country with the highest death toll (264,823), the health situation meant that Black Friday, the day of great sales in stores, did not register crowds.
However, online sales swept and reached $ 6.2 million per minute on Friday, or a total of $ 4.5 billion in business hours.
In Los Angeles, California, authorities decided prohibit public and private meetings from Monday and for at least three weeks, except for those organized for religious or protest purposes, to stop the advance of covid-19.
Los Angeles is registering an average of 4,500 new daily cases of covid-19.